According to Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen, Montreal Canadiens top prospect and first round pick Mikhail Sergachev has been removed from his rookie-camp game after a check from behind by Vince Dunn. It’s unlikely he will return to the game.
Sergachev was taking part in the Canadiens rookie tournament against the Ottawa Senators today in London, and had already completed a wonderful rush to record an assist and open the scoring. His offensive game is well developed for such a young defender, leading some to believe he could make the jump to the NHL as soon as this season.
Taken ninth overall in the most recent draft, Sergachev was crowned the OHL defenseman of the year in his rookie season. His ability on the powerplay, along with a developing defensive game puts him among the game’s top prospects going into this season. If he has suffered a head or neck injury from the hit, it would be a big blow to his development time and possible start to his pro career.